What do your clothes say about you? They’re not talking? Are you sure? Clothes tell a lot about who you are and where you live.

Many people wear folk costumes for religious festivals and ceremonies. Different cultures have different folk costumes.

Women from Kenya, Africa, wear clothes with bright colours and bold patterns. On holidays in Scotland, men dress in kilts-knee-length, pleated wool skirts. Each kilt is woven in a special plaid called a tartan. Each Scottish clan, or group of families, has its own tartan. Women in Guatemala weave all the colours of the rainbow into their traditional clothing. The silver ornaments and jewellery of these people on the island of Borneo in Malaysia show that they are important in their village. They are dressed for a special celebration. On special days, Japanese people wear silk kimonos with beautiful embroidery. American teenagers spend a lot of time together. They usually wear clothes that are very much like the ones that their group of friends wears.

People everywhere dress to protect themselves from the weather. They also dress to look good.

Clothes aren’t needed in the steamy forests of Brazil. But jewellery is very important. Forest dwellers in Brazil make beautiful jewellery out of treasures found in the jungle-stones, bones, teeth, claws, and feathers. For colourful ear ornaments, they may use the bright feathers of the toucan.

In Kenya, Africa, the Masai people wear necklaces and head-dresses made from hundreds of brightly coloured beads. They thread the beads together in patterns.

People have worn jewellery since prehistoric times. Sometimes they thought jewellery could bring good luck. Sometimes it was worn to show how important a person was or as part of a religious ceremony.

Jewellery is most often used as a decoration. When you wear a new watch or tie beads in your hair, your jewellery shows the world who you are and how you feel.

Egyptians long, long ago placed gold jewellery and precious gems in the tombs of their kings, who were called pharaohs. This was to help the pharaoh have good fortune in the afterlife.


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